ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there are now 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in New York state and amid the outbreak, Cuomo is recalling SUNY and CUNY students studying abroad in five affected countries.
SUNY and CUNY students in China, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Iran, are to be returned on a charter plane, will land at New York Stewart International Airport in the Hudson Valley, and will be quarantined as a precaution for 14 days in dorm rooms, the governor said Wednesday.
Cuomo says there are about 300 students and faculty in those five countries. SUNY Geneseo officials say they have 10 students currently abroad in Italy and Japan.
Additionally, campus-sponsored travel outside the U.S. to impacted countries for both SUNY and CUNY is canceled for the spring semester.
“As we continue to see a rise in cases of novel coronavirus around the world, we are taking every precaution necessary and mobilizing our public health system to protect New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “Out of an abundance of caution, SUNY and CUNY study abroad programs in the highest impacted countries will be suspended effective immediately and all students and staff will return to New York and begin a 14-day quarantine. It’s important that facts outweigh fear, and the reality is we are getting the testing done, getting the information out and deploying healthcare resources to treat people who need it, so I am reminding New Yorkers that there is no reason for undue anxiety and the general risk remains low in New York.”
“With close coordination with the New York Department of Health and the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff overseas in mind, we are suspending study abroad programs in impacted countries and have directed our SUNY family to return home,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson. “We will provide students with financial and academic resources and work to minimize any disruption today’s action may cause, while we work aggressively with all our partners at the local, state and federal level to protect our entire campus communities.”
Cuomo also updated the public on the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Empire State at Wednesday’s press conference — the number of which has jumped from two on Tuesday to six confirmed cases early Wednesday and then to 11 cases later in the day.
At this time, there are no local cases of the coronavirus. The confirmed cases in New York state are:
- 1 — NYC woman
- 2 — New Rochelle attorney
- 3 — Wife of New Rochelle attorney
- 4 — Son of New Rochelle attorney
- 5 — Daughter of New Rochelle attorney
- 6 — Neighbor who drove New Rochelle attorney to hospital
- 7 — Friend of New Rochelle attorney
- 8-11 — wife, two sons and 1 daughter of friend of New Rochelle man
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